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Portal Peak Lodge
Tucson
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Nice stay”
Reviewed July 14, 2010

we stayed one night during the fire of 2010. the lodge was contracted to feed the firefighters and even though we arrived at dinner time they were still very super friendly and accomodating and let us have a hamburger and beans. rooms were clean, tv had 3 glitchy channels but that shouldn't matter to anyone, grab a couple beers in the store and enjoy the night. its always nice when you ask "what time is checkout" and they reply, "what time do you plan on leaving?" be sure to head up into the mountains to camp before or after your stay, its beautiful up there.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, AZ
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

We have stayed at the lodge every Easter for the last 4 years. My husband's family always camps in the Cave Creek mountains for Easter, but since we have had kids, it is too cold for them to camp out in a tent. I agree with one of the other posters-the only downside is that the store closes a little too early. Rooms are basic and clean--we're really only there to sleep anyway, since we go to the campsite for the day.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank saraua
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Tucson
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9 reviews
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

We are to arrive Feb 24th 2010 for a 3 night stay, hoping the new management is as good and organized as prev owners. Good food, and prompt seating, for our large group was the rule last visit.

Stayed February 2007
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Thank holidayrambler6
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
274 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2009

the rooms here are good sized and extremely clean and comfortable. the only negative thing i could say about the room is that there are only 4 channels on the tv. the rate was $65 in feb. but more during their high season- i'd say they are overpriced but there's no competition and it is a convenient place to stay while birding or hiking on the beautiful cave creek canyon trails. the stars at night were incredible!!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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1 Thank whomever
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NE Penna
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2008

The PPL is a nice little motel in the middle of nowhere. This is of course part of its charm, but be aware that it takes forever to get anywhere (even at 65mph) (especially since it's gorgeous and you'll keep stopping to take pictures or watch wildlife) and plan accordingly.

The attached general store/restaurant is good but closes early. We never did make it back in time for dinner, but the breakfasts were good and they make a very nice sack lunch. Which is a great idea if you're going into the Chiricahua mountains or anywhere local, as there's nowhere to get lunch. They have a small selection of wine and beers, which comes in handy after a long day tramping thru the mountains. It's very convenient having the little store so close by. My only complaint is that I wish there was an ice machine. You can get ice from the general store (bring your bucket) but if they're closed you're out of luck.

The rooms are basic but clean, and the beds fine. There isn't much of a view from the windows, it's true, but we weren't actually in the room during daylight anyway, except for the time it took to shower and dress in the mornings. And there were always hummingbirds zooming around when we went out the door (they have feeders up outside the rooms). We absentmindedly left some money lying around the room, and it was still there later when we got back. So, kudos to the cleaning staff.

We saw a family of javelina next to the parking lot the first night. I knocked off most of the hummingbirds in my bird guide the next morning at the feeders outside the restaurant. The people next door also have a bunch of feeders up; they get orioles and quail. And everyone gets acorn woodpeckers. We saw a coyote, road runners, and lots of other wildlife on the dirt roads on the way from Rte 10.

Speaking of the roads. As someone who lives in Pennsylvania, I have to laugh at the signs warning of 'primitive roads.' All the dirt roads we were on in AZ were better than most of the paved roads around home. I suppose they get muddy in the rain, but then it's a desert, so that must not happen often. Even the 'scary' road over the mountains from Portal to Chiricahua Natl Monument was fine. A little narrow and winding, but it's in the *mountains.* It didn't get bumpy until about 7,000 ft. I'd say you can make it in any old rental car. You don't have to bother renting a 4wd. We were worried because the Escape we rented was only 2wd; this was a total nonissue for the whole trip.

Bottom line: the lodge is a fine place to stop for a few days and birdwatch. You'll want to stay for more than just a night or two, as there's lots to see in the area. We didn't get to do everything we'd planned; we'll have to go back for a longer stay sometime.

  • Liked — Location, location, location. And lunch.
  • Disliked — no ice machine
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank wyliefool
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tucson
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2007

Our Tucson outdoor group always stays at this facility when we visit Portal and the Cave Creek area – at least two times a year for birding, winery visits, sight-seeing, and hiking. The Webster family that owns and operates the lodge is always courteous and helpful and runs a top-notch lodging and dining operation with reasonable prices. The rooms are always clean and comfy. There is a spacious deck outside with umbrella-covered table and chairs for those before-dinner wine tastings. The small general store is well-stocked, including beer and wine (with some local vintages). Their small cafe serves three meals a day of very good home-style food. The liver and onions is superb, the crispy potato-flour fried chicken is great, the grilled pork chops are incredible, and the breakfast huevos rancheros dish is awesome. At the lodge, one can also find see an abundance of birds along with deer and the occasional javelina, coatimundi, and ring-tail cat. The spectacular Cave Creek Canyon area offers tremendous recreational opportunities, and the Portal Peak Lodge provides a very pleasant additional experience.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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7 Thank buckstephens
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Lakeside, AZ
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2006

This is a manufactured building, trucked to the site in 4 pieces and assembled in 2 parallel strips of 8 rooms, each facing a central wood deck. All rooms have a single window opening onto the deck and away from the spectacular scenery for which the community is noted. Our room was large and clean and outfitted with 2 double beds; the one we used was comfortable enough. The room also contained a fly swatter (something I haven't noticed in a motel room in a good long while) and several flies. Water in the shower was hot and plentiful, and the TV offerred 4 channels, all of which seemed to be showing Seinfeld reruns. The best restaurant in town is on the same property. Heating and cooling is provided by a wall-mounted unit that roars like a 737. This is a good base for sorties into Cave Creek canyon and the the eastern Chiricahua Wilderness.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noisy heater
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank Belladonna_Took
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Additional Information about Portal Peak Lodge

Property: Portal Peak Lodge
Address: 2358 Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632-9950
Location: United States > Arizona > Portal
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Portal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A popular haven for birders, hikers and nature lovers, our family run hotel has 16 comfortable, economical rooms. There are a deck and outside seating area where guests can relax and have a drink, watch the birds, and in the evening sit around the fire. Stop in at our cafe next door for a plate of enchiladas made with local Hatch chiles. For dessert try an espresso and homemade fruit cobbler. We specialize in providing accommodation for birding and other nature groups. For information and reservations call 520 558 2223. ... more   less 
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